Museums / Beirut
List of Museums in Beirut:
The National Museum

Inaugurated in 1942, the National Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of important archaeological objects.

Reopened after extensive renovation, the ground floor displays about seventy large objects. The undoubted star of the collection is the Sarcophagus of Ahiram, King of Byblos, which is inscribed with the earliest known example of the Phoenician alphabet.

On this floor as well, is a colossal statue in the Egyptian style, discovered at Byblos. Also look for statues of children used as ex-voto offerings to the healing god of Eshmoun. These were found at the temple of Eshmoun near Sidon (Saida). Other outstanding objects include a capital of bulls' heads and various mosaics representing scenes from mythology.

The first floor of the museum holds about a thousand smaller objects from prehistory, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods and from the Arab conquest to Mamluke times.

The National Museum’s rich collection presents a variety of archaeological finds, (sarcophagi, mosaics, jewelry, coins, ceramic, woodwork, glass, statues…) from archeological excavations sites all over the country.

The museum offers also an audiovisual room and a gift shop.

Address and Contact:

Museum’s Square

Tel: 01 426703-04

The Boutique: 01 612298

Fax: 01 612259


Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.



AUB Archeological Museum

Founded in 1868, the American University Museum is one of the oldest museums in the Middle East. It holds an important collection of objects coming from Lebanon and neighboring countries, covering the period from the Early Stone Age to the Islamic era.

Address and Contact:

Bliss Street

Tel: 01 340549



Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.



Mineral Museum-mim

mim is a private museum which exhibits more than 1400 minerals representing around 300 different species from over 60 countries. Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection since 1997. It features pieces originating from a number of renowned collections --both old and more recent-- as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. This collection is now considered one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals. All these minerals are wonders of nature that have formed without human intervention but, rather, under the sole influence of temperature, pressure and the incredibly complex work of water and especially time.

Address and Contact:

Saint-Joseph University

Campus of Innovation and Sport

Damascus Street- Beirut

Tel 00961421672



Lebanese Prehistory Museum

The Lebanese Prehistory Museum exhibits artifacts collected since the end of the XIXth century by the Jesuit fathers. The collection relates to the evolution of the prehistoric societies who lived on the Lebanese territory from the Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic.

Address and Contact:

Saint - Joseph University Street, Achrafieh

Tel: 01 339702



Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Nicolas Sursock Museum

The Sursock Museum is considered one of the most important modern art museums in Lebanon. Since 1961, about 100 exhibitions, including the Fall Exhibition, have been held displaying the works of both Lebanese and international artists. The permanent exhibition of the museum includes a collection of Islamic art works.

Address and Contact:

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Street, Achrafieh

Tel: 01 201892 - 01334133

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during expositions. Closed on Sundays



The Museum of Banque du Liban (BDL)

The Museum of Banque du Liban (BDL) opened to the public in November 2013, joining the growing number of new institutions that dot the country’s cultural, educational, historical and financial landscape.

BDL Museum, which is the first money museum in Lebanon, displays local and foreign currencies, including a selection of rare and valuable ancient banknotes and coins dating back to different historical periods. These coins capture the exquisite craftsmanship and exceptionally rich history covering the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Islamic and Crusaders periods. The Museum displays as well a complete collection of 280 original and rare Lebanese banknotes since 1919, in addition to a wide variety of 833 International banknotes from 225 States & 280 Arab banknotes from 21 Arab countries.

Visitors to the BDL Museum can view a 10-minute documentary exploring the history and evolution of the currency in Lebanon. The documentary describes the early establishment of Banque du Liban as well as its main activities.     

A selection of interactive simulation games is also available. The whole Museum tour takes up to one hour and all information available at Museum are presented in 3 languages (Arabic, French and English).

Visitors can end their visit by heading to the Museum Shop where a wide range of gifts and souvenirs produced exclusively for the Banque du Liban Museum is available. The Museum is also accessible to persons with special needs.

Address and Contacts:

Address: Hamra – Masraf Loubnan street

Phone: 961-1-750000 ext 6020

Fax: 961-1-750703



Opening Hours :

Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30-13:00

Friday and Saturday:8:30 -12:00 /Reservation required for groups

Sunday, Monday & Public holidays: closed

Admission Fees: Free of charge

Assaha Heritage Museum

Assaha Museum is a genuine documentation of the Lebanese popular heritage representing the daily life of the old Lebanese village. It recalls the image of traditional crafts, trades and industries (tailor, spinner, barber, carpenter, shoemaker, potter, blacksmith, upholsterer...). The ancient exhibited crafts and instruments tell the visitors memories and interesting stories from our professional past.

Address and Contact:

Bourj el Barajineh – Airport Road

Telephone: 01/450909-808

Mobile: 03/451239



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